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Ski, Hike and Snow Shoe with a Meniscus Tear and Osteoarthritic Knee- Is it possible?

Tuckermanstuckermans corniceYES!  I recently went on a ski, hike and snow shoeing vacation to Tuckerman’s Ravine located at Mount Washington in New Hampshire. Prior
to the trip I did a fair amount of preparations to ready my body and my left knee for the demands of climbing and skiing. To
provide a little bit of background. I was diagnosed 5 years ago with a left knee lateral meniscus tear and osteoarthritis of the
patella “kneecap” caused by a series of rugby and skiing injuries over the years. I was told about many surgical options. Many of my patients read an MRI report and
feel that surgery is the only option. My mantra in the clinic is you “can’t treat an MRI”. I was able to enjoy an incredible
trip with proper physical preparation and maintaining a low body weight. I always encourage my patients to allow time for the body
to heal from a variety of orthopedic conditions and explore ways to avoid surgery when possible. Whether is be weight management
or addressing range of motion, strengthening, and/or balance programs. The most important question to ask your
orthopedic surgeon is “Is there any harm on waiting to do surgery?”.
Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus, NJ provides orthopedic and sports physical therapy services for the greater Ridgewood, Paramus, and Bergen County region.  This blog is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. The views expressed here are the author’s views and should be taken as suggestions. Always consult your doctor or healthcare practitioner before engaging in a physical therapy or rehabilitative program.

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann is a premier physical therapist based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. He holds an MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami, is credentialed in the world-renowned McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and holds an OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification. As of 2018, there are approximately 14,000 ABPTS certified specialists in the nation and less than 400 of them are located in the state of New Jersey. Tom is the owner and director of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus. He opened the clinic, which specializes in spine and sports injury prevention, in 2004 after many years of experience in the field. Tom’s caring interest in others and his strong belief in continuity of care, combined with his clinic’s ability to find solutions for the most difficult orthopedic problems, have earned Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation its excellent reputation with patients and medical professionals in northeastern New Jersey and beyond. A true “family man,” Tom takes pride in his clinic’s warm and welcoming environment.
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